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of the tournament, as russia went on to complete a 5—0 win. amid the emotion and expectation, they'd delivered when it mattered most. dan roan reporting. that's a summary of the news. now it's time for newsnight with evan davies. silent night... peace and quiet in kensington this evening, in memory of grenfell a year on. the tragedy has left scars on those directly affected, and it seems to have affected the nation's psyche too. we'll hear different perspectives this evening — from the tower itself, and from a survivor of the fire. so that's the tower up there, and then to the right of it is our school. and we'll see how it has affected local children. it's something that will just always be there in the back of our hearts, and we'll never
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forget what happened. also tonight: the brexit power struggle in the commons. after a two—day truce, it's back on. when the rebels accepted a compromise from the prime minister, had she sold them a pup? have you gone back on your word, prime minister? when are you giving parliament the vote, prime minister? are rebels right to feel let down? will it be mps or the government who have the final say on the shape of the brexit deal? # so come on, let me entertain you... and a british face helps open the world cup in moscow. is this president putin's finest hour? or a glossy distraction from his problems? hello. if you look back at some of the different disasters that have
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occurred in post—war british history, from aberfan to hillsborough, to the zeebrugge herald of free enterprise ferry disaster, they have a unique power to shock, and to linger in the national memory. and so it is with grenfell. it's notjust the sheer awfulness of the death toll that upsets the nation — it's also about the feeling that the tragedy might easily have been avoided. add the dignity of the community, the stories that came out that night, the all—too—imaginable horror, and it is no surprise that a year on, grenfell is still much in our minds. the sad anniversary has been marked today, nowhere more than in the streets around the tower itself — memorial events including a silent march this evening, pictures of which you can see here. we'll hear live from grenfell soon, but we start with a look at the effect of such an important tragedy not on the nation, but on the young people touched by it in the neighbourhood. newsnight producer sara moralioglu has spent the last few weeks alongside the grenfell community with some of those children. this is herfilm, which she made with our special correspondent katie razall.
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i woke up, because of all the noise, and everything was going on, and, like, everyone around the area also woke up. i saw this lady, and she was like to me, "no, honey, you're not going to school today. there is no school." i collapsed, and from what i have been told, my dad and some firefighters came up to help me. i was standing outside that block, seeing men from itv and the bbc and sky, and my aunt's friend is crying because she just found out herdaughterdied... how can you have cameramen... i know what i was doing that exact week before the fire, i remember how i felt,
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i remember all my emotions from then, and to think that was just a year ago is insane. that night, a year ago, as grenfell burned, local community centres, churches and a mosque opened their doors to help survivors and evacuees. a local youth club quickly found itself at the heart of the relief effort. the head of the rugby portobello trust arrived on the scene at 5am. it was absolute chaos. when i got to the door, i was greeted by two of my colleagues who said, "people are dead, boss." within 20 minutes we kind of realised that help really wasn't coming, so we needed to organise ourselves. we closed our youth
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club for about 12 weeks while we supported survivors, and we opened up again in september last year as a youth club. since then, rugby portobello has played a prominent role in the lives of some of the children affected by what happened. and one, two, three, and... the kids have been amazing. they have lost friends in the tower. they have banded together, and looked after one another. this community rose to its feet and look after its own in every conceivable way. stretch out, tuck, yay! have you washed your hands, by the way? me? first thing's first! janatte, who is 13, started coming to the rugby portobello six months before the fire.
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why is it that you like the kitchen? because i'm always hungry! are you not fasting? not today, because i don't have to. fairenough. we encourage them tojust come in, and if they need to talk to anybody, if they needed to just spend time in here and away from everything, they could have come. on the morning of the fire, janatte was walking to school. i was walking and all i saw was smoke and stuff, so i ran, to the school. i was thinking, how isjessica, how is georgina? georgina was a classmate. she was in hospital and recovered, but janatte‘s other friend, 12—year—old jessica, died. i knew so many people in that hour who did pass away. a boy in year ten, and the other
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girl in my year who died... a girl in year eight as well. and she was such a good singer, firdows, and she had amazing ambitions, like, she wanted to be the prime minister. how did you feel about that? you feel aggravated, like in the beginning. but then you kind of know that they are in a better place. inez and her family escaped from the 13th floor just after 1am. later that morning she sat gcse chemistry exam and got an a, but her home and everything she owned was gone. my friends from primary school, so around the area, they hadn't gone to school that day, and they were messaging me and telling me they were going around helping indonesian centres. it was very chaotic, but the people that where there where locals. so it was people that i recognised, you know, from primary school, people from around the area that wanted to help.
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looking back at it now, it is when we realise we didn't actually get much help from the local council and the government. in a way, it makes me feel that the people around us care more about us than the actual government. she is the best sister... apparently the best sister. apparently? a year ago megan gomes and her 13—year—old sister escaped with their parents from their 21st floor flat. there mum was seven months pregnant and the girls were so excited about having a baby brother, but he was stillborn that night. we managed to escape the fire at about four o'clock in the morning. we got into a situation where it was quite difficult for us to breed, and we were taken straight to the king's college hospital.
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my daughter is and my wife were putting in interest, but we stayed in hospital for nearly a month, all of us. after they were discharged the family lived in a hotel for six months. they have only recently moved into a permanent home. throughout this year, the rugby portobello trust has filled some of the vacuum. that's all right, take your time. i've been coming here for years, and i just... i really enjoy it, because they make me... it's like my second home, i guess. they are just really caring. they look out for me. they know people quite well. if you pill a face or something, they will know. today i lost my bag on the bus, and they knew that something was wrong. they didn't quite ask me but they knew and said, "are you 0k?"
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they knew something was up. this year it has really helped me to get through what happened. it's good for my girls because sometimes they are not always able to tell their parents what they are feeling. they might find it a little bit difficult, especially at the ages they are at the moment. and sometimes they might speak to somebody else about how they are feeling, and they certainly have done that with the staff at rugby portobello. i don't know how to breathe. what, so you have to move... you don't have to, but it does help. it makes you take your mind off it, you should breathe. if i do feel stressed or angry, i either go tojonathan and tell him about it, and i do a little boxing with him, to let out my anger,
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or sometimes with rudy we sometimes do a little bit of karaoke, so that makes me feel relaxed. one, two, red cross. kids have come in and have really come of their own will, spoke about, you know, the kid i used to sit next to is not here any more. and there was a family that were wiped out, all five of them, and some of the youth grew up with the whole family, knowing that mum, dad and the children. and now you see none of them, and they had been very close to them, and that's a very traumatic experience, when you have lost someone you have known all your life. # i wait back at the start...
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in the club's recording studio they have been writing a song about their friend, the eldest child in that family of five. he was 20 when he died. if they want to talk about it i am here but i don't generally bring up anything to do with it, and if something is brought up you can tell by their body language. whether they want to deal with it or whether they're not ready to deal with it yet. this 14—year—old is also a student at the school next door to grenfell tower. four pupils and one recent graduate died in the fire. kids they played and studied with, daily. we all worried about everyone that we knew that worried there, like yaya and the others, the whole lot, we were all worried if they were all right.
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we were asking our teachers who were all across the road, making sure they were all right. yeah. are you fasting today? so that is the school and that is the tower. since the fire, the school has been in a temporary facility a mile away. our school has told us we will eventually move back. it is quite an issue for us whether we want to move back or not. if we do move back, we will be there for the whole process just watching the tower being taken down, knowing what has happened. it's going to be quite tough
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and it'sjust more stress as well. over a period of time, you won't get over it but you'll just learn how to live with it. i guess it's kind of what everyone wants, justice, i guess. that shouldn't have happened. no one deserves that. it is just something that will always be there in the back of our hearts and will never forget what happened. that film by our producer sara moralioglu. and we can talk to katie now, who is at grenfell tower — shrouded in a white cover now, illuminated in green this evening. take us through what's been happening there this evening and indeed elsewhere. as you say, west london is a sea of green, notjust the power behind me but also the streets below
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and around here for the silent walk. it's a walk that has taken place on the 14th of every month ever since the fire happened, but today many thousands of people joined the crowds and the majority were wearing green. men, women, young, old, children, all they're wearing green, the colour that has come to represent grenfell. there is such dignity in people walking in silence in such a sense of unity from people wearing the same colour, but that unity does feel very real here. this is a community that has faced the worst and really come together. the commemorations began in the early hours of this morning at exactly six minutes to 1am. that was the time last year when the authorities were first alerted to the fire at grenfell
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tower, and today downing street and the towers around here at that time when lit up in green. there have been ceremonies at churches, at local schools, and at the tower its is where family members laid white roses. 72 people lost their lives and are being remembered today. 72 doves were released, one for every person who died. by the brief, today is about that loss and that grief, and that grief is still so raw, but there is wider anger and frustration. they still don't have the official answers about what happened, they still don't have justice, there has been no accountability, and until they get that, they really can't begin to heal. there've been ceremonies of remembrance at churches, the mosqu, local schools, and at the base of the tower for close family. 72 people are being remembered, and 72 doves were released. i'm joined now by antonio roncolato. he had a flat on the 10th floor of the grenfell tower and was the penultimate person
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to escape the building that night, rescued by firefighters at 6am. 6am, so you were there, your son came back from work, salt the fire from outside and you were on the phone to him for hours, waiting to see if you could get out. yes, absolutely, he came home and he came towards the tower and realised it was ablaze and he called me and urged me to get out as quickly as possible. i wouldn't understand why he was asking me to do this, and then soon i realised that i was really in trouble. he sent me a picture on the phone and it was ablaze. i try to get out and a lot of hot, thick smoke came in. i closed promptly. couldn't get out. couldn't get out, no. but you had all of that weight and talking to the firefighters down below and eventually they came up with breathing equipment. yes, they came upstairs and obviously they were very well equipped.
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they told me how we would get downstairs. i followed their instructions. i could a wet towel on my head and off we went had anything to do two and a half minutes, we were downstairs. a year on, the memory, the trauma of that night, do get over it? yes, my secret if i may say so has been keeping busy continuously. i have a busyjob where i dedicate a lot of time, but then i engage myself with the community, with the residents, with people who have lost loved ones, with our friends. so you have stayed very much in touch. yes, absolutely. and the mission, if you like, is to make sure it's not going to happen again. this is our mission in life now. we will not rest until we know exactly what has happened in the public enquiry. hopefully we will find out very soon. and then hopefully the police
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investigation will come up with some result in getting people behind bars eventually. are you getting treatment, mental health treatment? is someone looking after your welfare? well, we are looked after by our housing office and by key workers and so on, but personally i have been quite ok. the whole time. but yes, it is a problem in the community, especially with children who are really much affected and this problem has to be tackled as quickly as possible because we don't want their future life to be affected by this. and we should say, you're still living in temporary accommodation. you haven't got a permanent accommodation. yes, for the last four months i have been in temporary accommodation, waiting to be rehoused. do you know when that is going to be? no, iam patient and i know it will take some time. we don't want any promises about it being within six months or so and so. we heard that before. when the moment will come, we will know that it is the right one and we will go. antonio, thank you so much for talking to us. the brexit battle between theresa may and some of her mps took an angry twist this evening. this is a power struggle over
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who should have the last meaningful word on whatever deal is struck with the eu. a lot of remainer mps, led by dominic grieve, want the power to force the government back to the negotiating table if there's no brexit deal or a bad deal. on the other side, the government does not want to have mps interfering like that. now this all got rough on tuesday — mps were ready to vote themselves some extra power to instruct the government, but theresa may persuaded them to hold back, saying she'd fix some extra powers for them. well, today, herfix has been rejected by the remainers who feel she led them up the garden path. nick watt is with me. just explain. it's quite a conjugated story, but explain what's been happening. yes, theresa may has been risking a competition with those pro—european tories by declining to meet in fold their demands, and central demand was that parliament should be given
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a decisive say in the final stages of the brexit negotiations. on tuesday, just before that vote, the prime minister sat round the table in her house of commons office with 14 of those tories and she promised that the legislation would reflect their thinking. this afternoon, dominic grieve, the former attorney general, but he had a deal, but when the government published in full its proposed amendment to the legislation, he says it fell short of his central demand, which is that parliament should have a role in shaping the final brexit deal. it shouldn'tjust be parliament given the right to accept or reject that deal. right. what is theresa may's calculation by what's happened today? i think she has a very simple compilation. on tuesday, dominic grieve had 20 supporters, that is enough to defeat the government. they believe that on wednesday, when this will be voted on again by mps, he will have far fewer than that and the government will be ok. i was talking to one cabinet minister who said to me, referring to these rebels who were supporting dominic grieve,
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are they as brave as him? and this evening i was speaking to a minister who it was very sympathetic to the line of thinking of these rebels and he was saying now is not the time to confront the prime minister, give a free hand at the european council later this month, but this minister said a time may come to confront her. that would be if she endorses a no deal brexit. at that point, this minister said, a number of ministers, enough ministers, would walk out of her government to damage it and her. well, we did speak to many of the remainers who were at that meeting with the prime minister on tuesday. nobody was free to join us tonight, and neither was the government. we are joined, though, by the conservative mp and government loyalist chris philp. also here is ros altman.
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it is theresa may lead them up the garden path and now she has got them all running away? that certainly seems to be how they feel and i think we are all very perplexed at what seems to have happened, because i think the prime minister is a woman of her word and if she had given her commitment we fully expected that it would just follow through automatically, but it seems as if although she wanted to agree and there was some kind of agreement today, something changed, and economic imagine she came under the most extraordinary pressure that forced into this position. why are you giving her the benefit of the doubt like that? she played you brilliantly. she's got away. she will probably the vote next week because she has peeled away half a dozen of the votes and it will be fine. if it wasn't for what happened on tuesday, this amendment would be part of the bill now.
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there is no question that there was sufficient support, so what we can only assume is that at the end of the day the house of lords will have two vote on it, send it back for proper consideration... but you will be less united next week because she has made a little bit of a compromise. this is fundamentally different from the agreement. do you think she played a blinder and managed to destroy the rebels and is going to walk off victorious out of all of this? not one has been hoodwinked. if you look at what george freeman tweeted today, he was at the meeting and was part of that group, and he said that what was delivered this evening at five o'clock is consistent with what the prime minister said. dominic grieve is one person.
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your colleague has been frantically phoning people this evening, trying to get people to say that this doesn't deliver the pledge and he has found one or two people willing to say that. the other 20 people in the room take a different view, including george freeman. i spoke to a number ten official who was in the room who has also said explicitly that the steel tabled this evening does make compromises, accurately reflects what was discussed on tuesday evening, and it does go further, it gives parliament extra opportunities to go and ask the government to think again, and that is fair and reasonable. it does not give parliament a meaningful vote, which is the aim of this amendment, on what would happen in a no deal scenario. it is a take it or leave it, you can have a rubbish deal or no deal, with parliament having no say. we are in a parliamentary democracy and you cannot have the executive vote. so parliament can approve or not approve any deal. if they do that or if no deal can be reached between the government and the eu, then the government are obliged to make a statement laying out an alternative plan, and then five or seven days after that, parliament can
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accept or reject the plan. and parliament can keep on accepting or rejecting that plan until they are happy. exactly, no deal. the problem with the proposal by dominic grieve on tuesday, which i thought he had moved away from, is that you can't give 650 mps the ability to control a negotiation. 650 people cannot negotiate. that's not what it does. it gives parliament the opportunity to have some control over the process and the trajectory of where we are heading if there is a situation where we cannot get a good deal and the only alternative is no deal. parliament must have a say. well, it does have a say. no, it can have a meaningful say. just imagine a scenario where there is no deal, by the end of january next year. this is not a ridiculous position. let's suppose that 500 members of parliament think it would be much better that we had a soft brexit than this and we could get that if we go for something much softer
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than what the government has been aiming at. parliament can't impose that and we will crash out of the eu without entertaining the option supported by hundreds of mps. the way our constitution has worked for about 400 years is that the government negotiates these kind of treaties and deals and parliament approves them, and parliament doesn't like the way it is being conducted, they can remove the government. we don't want to remove the government. we will be in a crisis already. at that point, we want to have thought about it in advance and say if that scenario occurs, there is a process which puts parliament in control. surely we voted for parliamentary sovereignty and this is the most important vote that we are going to have. what are you scared of? are you actually scared of mps? it seems like the government is running scared of mps because it thinks that if you actually let the mps have a say, the mps would say, don't do what you're doing. we talked already about how mps have a veto over the deal, mps can make the government think again and think again and they can remove the government. that is how our constitution has worked for hundreds of years. let's not lose sight of the fact that no one in the government or the opposition, the commons or the lords, once you get to an ordeal situation.
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we should be focusing on the european council in a few weeks, the cabinet agreement on customs. hopefully we will have a sensible deal by november that works for us and for europe. that is what everyone wants. it is in both of interests and that is what we should be focusing our time and energy on, not these constitutional points. if we hadn't heard that no deal was better than a soft deal, that would be fine, but we are in the unusual position of having a fixed time limit. if parliament keeps going, we crashed out with no deal. if we take no deal of the table, we are over a barrel at the negotiating table. they are not stupid enough to fall for that. thank you both very much. we had one of our first hints today at what the country's policy
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on immigration might be after brexit. the new home secretary sajid javid, we learned, will tomorrow announce a significant change. it relates to visas for skilled migrants — tier 2 visas. the number of such visas is currently capped at 20,700 a year, and about 40% of those go to nhs workers. well, now doctors and nurses won't be counted, making it much easierfor the nhs, and leaving many more slots for other skilled workers. mrjavid seems to be getting away with relaxing the rules, overcoming theresa may's hardline on immigration. and this comes at a time when the public are apparently getting more relaxed about it too. before the brexit referendum, in the polls immigration was listed as a main concern of half population. now it's been overtaken by the nhs, and brexit itself. so what do tomorrow's changes tell us about the direction of travel? here's nick watt again. the london skyline is
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in constant evolution. iconic construction projects are enabling britain to compete in the economy. workers, skilled and unskilled, are in strong demand, and sometimes, it is said, in short supply, after theresa may introduced a skilled migrant cap in 2011. but this could be about to change. tomorrow, sajid javid will announce a relaxation of rules for high skilled migrant workers. they are big employer of workers in the uk, about 500 employees, we bring in about 200 graduates every year. an important part of our workforce is not from the uk but is from either the rest of the european union or overseas. about one in ten of our staff are from non—eu countries so be sure we can attract the brightest and best talent for the uk
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construction sector, which is over a million people, 100 £100 billion a year it got me. every year the government allows and 20,700 skilled workers from outside the eu with tier 2 visas, with the largest number of these from emerging countries across asia. the government will announce doctors and nurses will be excluded from that cap, freeing up space for thousands of other skilled workers. the nhs is particularly reliant on these staff. around a quarter of doctors were not born in the uk, and of those more than half are from outside the eu.
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taking doctors and nurses outside the cap will free up space for around 8000 other highly skilled workers like structural engineers and it workers. for the best part of a decade theresa may has, as home secretary then prime minister, resisted intense cabinet pressure to relax the rules on immigration. now sajid javid, who has never been afraid to confront the prime minister in cabinet, has persuaded her to give ground. perhaps the won the prime minister over, by offering assurances that he still stands by the biggest target of them all, the tory manifesto pledge to bring net migration down to below 100,000. business leaders welcomes the move. businesses are suffering, a lot of uncertainty around brexit at the moment, so anything that will allow them to plough on with more certainty will be welcome, so a relaxation on immigration which allows them to plan their staff and resources in the future is really going to help. and campaigners for curbs on immigration gave the changes a guarded welcome. this cap has been in place since 2011.
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it is about time we reviewed it anyway. if it means pushing it up a little, so be it, but what we mustn't do is lose sight of the fact that we want to bring migration down. we are a rich country. we have been producing doctors and training doctors for years. we shouldn't be going to poor countries, much needier countries to get their trained doctors to bring here. that is wrong, very wrong. we should be retaining our own, apart from training them, and we're not doing that either. it is the end of the day on a london construction site, and workers are winding down for the night. the architects, engineers and scientists building ourfuture. and they hail from ever wider corners of the world. nick watt there. the world cup kicked off today.
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it all started with an opening ceremony this afternoon, featuring robbie williams. and also featuring a speech by president putin. a peaceful gesture of reconciliation between russia and britain, you might think. or it might have been, if robbie hadn't given a rather clear middle—finger gesture to a camera at one point. well, with the tournament under way, this may seem like a happy time for president putin. all the more as russia won the first match against saudi arabia 5—0. but is this all a distraction from russia's mounting problems? it was interesting that the government decided today was a good one to bury some bad news and announce a raising of the retirement age and an increase in vat. i'm joined from berlin by marina litvinenko — she's the widow of the former spy alexander litvinenko, whom britain believes was murdered by the russian state. with me here is professor richard sakwa from the university of kent. a very good evening to you both. marina litvinenko, as you watch this world cup starting, do you think it has an effect on the perception internally and externally of russia? well, first of all, good evening.
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and i would like to see the world cup as the festival is a show, a great show for people around the world, and discussion about boycotting this sure, it was maybe not right, because we are talking about ordinary people, but for what happened for mr putin, of course it is a kind ofjoy for him to be in front of all people around the world and to present what might happen to russia in this way, but we have to remember that russia is not only putin and putin is not only russia, and we always need to divide putin and russia, and when we tried to talk about what happened in russia, this world cup, we need to talk about what happened in russia, what happens particularly everyday, with all the human rights,
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everything that happens against the people, and i believe it is the right opportunity to use this world cup to talk more and more about what happens in russia now. so we can publicise what is happening in russia. let me go back to richard sakwa. richard, it doesn't feel like russia is a country at ease with itself at the moment. what sort of state is it in? it is certainly not as bad as some people put out. clearly with sanctions it is feeling a lot of pressure from outside. internally, after a session which lasted a couple of years, last year economic growth resumed, not huge, 1.5%, living standards beginning to creep up. so the feeling is it has turned a corner, as well now with putin re—elected for another six years. but has it achieved anything, the putin decades, the putin years? population of 145 million or so,
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an economy not materially very different to the uk, in size. incredibly depended on natural resources. it is as though they have spent a lot of money, natural oil money, for the last 20 years, putin has put a lot in his bag, and that is all... well, not quite. the government has been very careful since their last finance minister, and a lot of this money went into the reserves, and wealth funds. it was not just stolen or hidden away. and, yes, a lot has happened. there has been enormous diversification. the oil and gas sector has fallen significantly as a proportion of the russian economy and indeed as a proportion of its foreign budget income. and also, putin has been using very strict, tight credit, very classical macroeconomic
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stability, and a lot has been achieved, if you can see, on the defence sector, aircraft building, shipbuilding, and so on. more could have been done but... marina, do you recognise that picture of russia? that actually it is a developing economy, ok, not as fast as anyone would like, but that is true of all economies. but it has a trajectory, it is on the right path? no, you said it exactly. for what is happening in russia now, to cover what has definitely happened in russia, something they are trying to present. recently we saw this in the winter games in sochi, another show to anybody about how it is all perfect in russia, and now we have this world cup, another chance to show how life is perfect in russia, but i will try to repeat this. it is a big chance for everybody in this picture of the perfect world cup, to show what exactly is happening in russia. it is the right moment to talk about the people suffering in russia now, and all their rights, what rights they don't have, to live. but, marina litvinenko,
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if the western press start picking holes in the way russia is run during this moment of celebration for russia, will the people of russia be thankful to the western press for pointing it out, or will theyjust support president putin more strongly? again, if you decide not to go to this world cup, i don't think the russian people will be very happy with this, and even your own people will not be happy with this, if you just take away from them the chance to see this great show, the greatest show on the world, but i would say that russian people are not very happy, even having this world cup. not in moscow, but if you go to another city, you will find the problem is that ordinary people have with this world cup. all of their lives is destabilised. people can't go to their own houses without id, they have more
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and more problems. let me get one very last point to richard. richard sakwa, you think the western press is much too hard on russia. i do. i think russia has enormous problems, but it needs to be more balanced. there are a lot of positive things going on. even now you have just heard the announcement about pensions and the vat. a new government has been formed in the last election, which took place in march, and maybe it was not as competitive as we would have liked to have seen it, but there were liberal candidates, and this was a clear vote and the liberals in total got 5% of the vote. so it is more competitive. obviously we would like to see a better... all eyes will be on russia
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for the next month. thank you both very much indeed. that's all for tonight. emily is here tomorrow. before we go — imagine you're a controversial nationalist running the world's biggest democracy. how would you prepare yourself for the day? indian prime minister narendra modi has posted a video on twitter of himself doing his morning stretches. it's part of a viral fitness challenge started by india's sports minister. don't try this at home. goodnight. iam quite i am quite what out. a very good evening to you. nearly done with the day that wrought so many of us across the northern half of the british isles the effect of storm hector, and i show you them behind me, for example, now short of at least one tree that we know of, and that wasn't the end of the story. the top gusts in very exposed locations like great dunn fell, gusts of 60 to 70 mph is pretty much what we were expecting, you might remember, if you were watching this time last night. hector was very close to the northern end of scotla nd close to the northern end of scotland but as we have seen from
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those gusts, the effects were felt into the north midlands and the north wales. however, once we got rid of the trailing front across the south and the sun came out in the breeze began to die away, 23 or 2a degrees, not bad all. where are we now? we are left with hack that producing gusts of wind, as we saw around one hour ago. —— hector. as the skies begin to clear, the temperatures will dribble away into single figures for some, six to eight degrees or so and then we are off and running into the new day. a dry start they've for the western side of scotland where there will be heavy bursts of rain, also into northern ireland, creeping further east with time. further south, isolated showers, and you get the sense that england and wales for the most pa rt sense that england and wales for the most part are dry and find. variable amounts of cloud, pushing the temperatures to about 22, a fraction cooler than today. this is the start of your weekend. it doesn't look very promising, does it? you would be right, there will be quite a bit
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of rain from the northern portion of that front. the top two thirds of the british isles seeing the heaviest portion of the rain although it will take a while to get into the north—eastern quarter of scotland. further south, like into the north—eastern quarter of scotland. furthersouth, like today, trailing bands of cloud, nothing to write home about, things gradually drying up in northern ireland to finish off the day. is that we can right of? no, it is not. the area of low pressure gradually moves off towards the near continent and a wea k towards the near continent and a weak ridge of high pressure tends to settle things down. how does that leave us? well, it leaves us with a drya leave us? well, it leaves us with a dry a prospect on sunday, for sure, but out towards the west, i think we are going to feel that cloud in later on in the day and there could well be a little bit of rain, but i suspect that there will be less in the way of rain on sunday that there was on saturday, so hang in there, eventually you will get to see some sun. i'm mariko oi in singapore. the headlines: the world cup kicks off in moscow. after a spectacular opening ceremony, the hosts win big over saudi arabia.
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america's secretary of state says north korea must completely denuclearise if it wants sanctions to be lifted. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme: "insubordinate but not biased" — the us department ofjustice criticises former fbi directorjames comey for his handling of an investigation into hilary clinton's e—mails. and on board with the man new zealander‘s call the "first bloke". he tells us about life with his partner, the country's prime minister.
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